26. September 2009 · Comments Off on Stockton Symphony Review · Categories: Reviews

… includes this:

The orchestra’s well-played ebb and flow in the opening “Palermo” movement gave way to the piece’s short second movement, depicting “Tunis” in North Africa, which is almost entirely an oboe solo accompanied by softly percussive strings. Here, principal oboist Thomas Nugent’s performance of Ibert’s none-too-subtle exoticism was skillful and expressive.

I always enjoy seeing other oboists get great reviews. Congrats, Tom! (Tom and I have worked together, although not recently. Busy lives and all that.)

(Read here.

Dear Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,

I love you.


ps. You can be assured my love is real because I took the time to use capital letters in the appropriate places.

That made me smile. Looking at the writer’s picture, she appears to be in her twenties if not younger. I like that. There are younger people who like symphonic music. Or at least one. Anyone else? 🙂

Tomorrow is the final performance of Manon. The music did grow on me, and I thought the performances have gone very well, but I’m ready for something different now. Besides, Manon consistently makes the wrong choices and consistently dies. After a while — well — that gets a bit tedious! (I want an opera where the ending is a surprise, okay? But then I also want to be able to see it if we do one like that!)

Yesterday was a reed day, and this afternoon that will continue. I have a few possibilities, but I never truly know what the reeds are like until I use them for work. It’s different using a reed in my studio compared to playing it on pit or stage. Acoustics, along with temperature and other variables, make reeds behave differently. Go figure.

But right now? Right now is latté time. Then it’s three Saturday morning students. I’m hopeful that they remember what pages they practiced this week. Sometimes I’ll ask a student, “Is this the page you practiced?” and the answer I receive is, “I think so.” I have to explain that the answer to my question is either yes or no … and still most students won’t say either of those words. Hmmm. I interpret non-answers as a pretty loud “NO”. Call me silly.

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